Fans still reeling from the news Days of Our Lives sacked head writers Darrell Ray Thomas and Marlene McPherson all have the same question: Why? The duo seemed to be going towards traditional storytelling, while writing one of the show's most riveting storylines in decades, Will (Chandler Massey) coming out.TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan spoke with co-executive producer Greg Meng to find out about DAYS latest attempt to "reset" things.
TV Guide Magazine: Word is, NBC instigated this writer change. Is that the case?
Meng: We spoke with the network and collectively felt we needed to take a pause, make a change with the writing and the style of the show for a while and see if that will redirect things. The ratings situation is very complex and difficult, and we have a tremendous challenge with that right now. Everybody on the Days team, and that includes NBC and Sony, our distributor, wants this show to succeed and we're doing everything we can to make it work. We all have different visions as to how to achieve that success but the good news is that we're all in synch on the future. No one wants cancellation. Even though we brought in Darrell and Marlene to reset Days last September, it was always our feeling that the show needed to constantly be nurtured with smaller resets. This isn't the end of the world. We're just resetting it again in an effort to get it right.
TV Guide Magazine: After the firing, Marlene tweeted that NBC "never let us tell our stories. They kept stopping us and changing our direction." You got a comment?
Meng: I can't really address where she's coming from. She and Darrell loved the show so much and it became a part of their lives. We definitely want to retain a relationship with them.
Hmm, if DAYS wants to retain a relationship with McPherson and Thomas, why not demote them and keep them on the writing staff? Meng also revealed to Logan more pink slips may be coming down the pike.
TV Guide Magazine: Is that "next step" going to involve some major actors going away?
Meng: Yes. We're looking at weaving people in and out, and bringing them back later if we can.
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